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Old 04-24-2014, 10:37 PM   #1
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40B stocking help

I am back to square one with my tank after a failed group of silvertip tetras so I need some stocking advice.
I am not partial to any particular fish, but I do have a few "wants".
I want the fish to all be from the same region. I don't need a pure biotope, but I don't want to mix continents either.
I want at least 1 larger (5" approx.) predator type fish.
I want a group of schooling or shoaling fish that will look appealing while at the same time not be gobbled up by the predator fish.

Ok so you have your guidelines...go!

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Old 04-24-2014, 11:36 PM   #2
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African cichlids or south American cichlids. Do not mix the two.
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:30 AM   #3
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I can't do Africans because my pH is naturally in the mid 6's. SA I like and have thought about doing a single blue acara, but can't decide on a good schooling fish to pair with it.

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You could try angel fish or hatchet fish or both. My 44 gallon has ram cichlids on the bottom. Angels in the middle. And hatchetfish at the top.
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Do your hatchets jump?
I'm not a huge fan of angels and I have heard rams are sensitive to water conditions. Being fairly new to the hobby I don't want to do rams just yet.
I keep coming back to one medium sized SA cichlid (convict, firemouth, blue acara, etc) and/or pictus catfish with a group of larger tetras.
I am just trying to get other ideas.

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Old 04-25-2014, 09:35 AM   #6
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Rams aren't that bad the bolivian ones are meant to be really easy to keep
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Old 04-25-2014, 10:58 AM   #7
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Good to know. Thanks

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Old 04-25-2014, 11:33 AM   #8
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My blue ram were nice used to head butt each other too but that's the rams for you. Angels are a piece of work misses wanted them coz they look pretty and she's like they keep fin nipping the red guarami's that we got
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Plus with blue rams they take a while to get their colour back from when u see them in a aquarium in a shop well mine did the blue gravel I got didn't help
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:24 PM   #10
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Bosemani rainbow fish!
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:32 PM   #11
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I think rainbows look so weird.
I picked up some brilliant rasboras and spotted corydoras this morning. The rasboras school beautifully but are still too small for me to feel comfortable adding a larger fish.
(And yes I know I went against my own guidelines. Call it an impulse buy &#128516

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Do your hatchets jump?
I'm not a huge fan of angels and I have heard rams are sensitive to water conditions. Being fairly new to the hobby I don't want to do rams just yet.
I keep coming back to one medium sized SA cichlid (convict, firemouth, blue acara, etc) and/or pictus catfish with a group of larger tetras.
I am just trying to get other ideas.

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Sorry for the late reply. My hatchetfish haven't jumped. I have a lid tho so it wouldn't matter. They're nice because they provide movement at the top of the tank. They almost never leave the top.
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No worries. I am actually pretty happy with the ones I got today even if they go against my original plan.
I am thinking now that I will just get a few more of each of them plus a dozen or so cardinal tetras and forego the larger predator fish.

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No worries. I am actually pretty happy with the ones I got today even if they go against my original plan.
I am thinking now that I will just get a few more of each of them plus a dozen or so cardinal tetras and forego the larger predator fish.

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What did you end up with?
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Sorry...
4 brilliant rasboras and 2 spotted corydoras.

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Since I moved away from my original plan and now have peaceful fish from mixed regions, what would you recommend to go with the brilliant rasboras?
I am going to add 3 more brilliant rasboras and 2 more cories to bring those totals up to 7 and 4, but I'll still have room in the tank.
I was thinking another schooling fish like rummy nose tetras.
Would they look good together?

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